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Mowbray: We're up for the fight

The boss is backing his side to show their quality in both boxes this weekend as he searches for a return to winning ways

1 November 2019

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Tony Mowbray is expecting a tough battle against high-flying Sheffield Wednesday, but knows his team are capable of toppling The Owls at Ewood Park.

A re-run of last season's meeting in East Lancashire would be perfect for Mowbray's men, with a Danny Graham hat-trick and a Bradley Dack strike earning a 4-2 win against The Owls.

Wednesday are a different animal this time around, with a new manager and recent reinforcements seeing the Yorkshire side challenging towards the top of the Championship table.

“Sheffield Wednesday is the next one for us, at home, where our performances have been pretty good," Mowbray began when previewing this weekend's clash.

“We played well against Nottingham Forest and played well against Huddersfield Town.

“Their confidence levels are pretty high with them being in the play-off places and they’ve been on a good run.

“But that doesn’t matter and the table is irrelevant at the moment. It’s the next chance to get the three points.

“It’s difficult to dominant from start to finish, particularly in the Championship. The secret for us is to see out spells and defend better when opponents do get on top.

“It’s about doing the basics right and it’s not something we’ve done well enough this season, but hopefully we can put that right.

“The players know. They’re all professionals and know what the game’s about. Strikers need to take their chances and defenders have to be decisive at the other end."

And on Saturday's opponents, Mowbray says he's expecting a physical battle against Garry Monk's side, who come into the game fifth in the league.

“We know there will be plenty of balls coming in our box this weekend considering Sheffield Wednesday have the potential to play two 6’2’ forwards who have damaged a lot of teams this season," the boss added.

“[Atdhe] Nuhiu is a handful for anybody and that’s what we expect this weekend. Our defenders have to get ready for that challenge.

“It comes from a goal kick for them. We know the deficiencies in our team.

“Two goals last weekend came from goal kicks and we need to deal with that by competing and heading that ball back across the halfway line.

“Let’s get back doing what we’re good at this weekend and hopefully get the right result."

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